15 Things You Didn’t Know About The World We Live In!

It was announced today that the UK population grew by almost half a million last year and that no country of the UK or region of England experienced a population decrease! Here at Shareagift we love learning about new and interesting ways in which our world is changing! We have put together a list of 15 facts that we find amazingly interesting about the world we live in today.

  1. Every house in Bermuda produces its own water supply by using rain-catching roofs.
  1. Downloading copyrighted material in Switzerland is legal!
  1. Women in sub-Saharan Africa are as likely to die in pregnancy or childbirth as women in nineteenth-century England!
  1. Around the world approximately 37,000 child marriages take place each year.
  1. No one knows how many people live in the country of Bhutan. As of 1975 no census has ever been taken.

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6. After Rhode Island accidentally legalised prostitution, reports of rape decreased!

7. Buying or selling chewing gum is illegal in Singapore.

  1. 90% of all adoptions in Japan are adult adoptions.
  1. There is around 200 times more gold in the world’s oceans, than has been mined in our entire history.
  1. It’s a criminal offence to drive around in a dirty car in Russia.
  1. There are more cars than people in Los Angeles.

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  1. The total weight of all the ants on earth is greater than the weight of all the humans on the planet.
  1. Italian banks accept Parmesan cheese as collateral for loans.
  1. The population of Ireland is still 2 million less than it was before the potato famine, 160 years ago.

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  1. Rain of fish is an annual weather event in which hundreds of fish rain from the sky onto the Honduran city of Yoro.

Want to discover some world facts of your own? Use Shareagift to raise money for all sorts of experiences for you and friends, from honeymoons to wedding anniversaries and birthday presents, or even just a well deserved holiday!

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Top 5 Theme Parks You Won’t Believe Exist!

It was announced this week that Margate in Kent’s theme park, Dreamland, is set to reopen its doors after having been fixed up and revamped for a new generation to enjoy. With this in mind we set about compiling a list of 5 of the strangest theme parks across the globe!

1- Patriot Park

The first on our list is a new military theme park that is set to open in Russia. If you visit Patriot Park for the day you can play with grenade launchers, test heavy weapons such as the T-90 tank or an attack helicopter, take part in extreme sports and even enjoy army rations for lunch. Dubbed Russia’s military Disneyland this park is defiantly something different, that’s for sure!

http://time.com/3923842/putin-kubinka-moscow-patriot-park-russia-opens-a-military-playground-for-the-patriotic/

2- Kingdom Of The Little People

This theme park’s popularity grew when it was featured on an episode of the TV show An Idiot Abroad. The park is located in Kunming, Yunnan in China and features performances from people with dwarfism. To work at the park you must not exceed 120cm and all the employees live in nearby houses designed for their height. Although this park is a very popular attraction many have criticised it for making fun of the dwarfism condition.

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2014/sep/02/dwarf-empire-china-theme-park-little-people-in-pictures

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3- Hacienda Napoles (Naples Estate)

Pablo Escobar’s estate was converted into a theme park by the Columbian government in an attempt to cash in on his black market earnings. This park built on the drug smuggler’s estate includes a zoo, a bullfighting ring and a classic car collection amongst other strange artefacts.

http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g1602461-d1808965-Reviews-Parque_Tematico_Hacienda_Napoles-Puerto_Triunfo_Antioquia_Department.html

4- Shijingshan Amusement Park

This park located in Beijing, which has been dubbed ‘fake Disneyland’, has a castle at its centre that looks very similar to Disney’s. The park is full of weird and wonderful rides including an American safari where you go round and try to shoot at plastic animals! Many of the park’s characters which people have said look very similar to well known cartoon characters include a grey talking bunny, a mermaid, flying elephants and a large blue caterpillar! The owners, however, have clearly stated that everything is based on Grimm’s Fairy Tales…

http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g294212-d735579-Reviews-Beijing_Shijingshan_Amusement_Park-Beijing.html

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5- The Republic Of The Children

Said to have inspired Walt Disney in the creation of Disneyland, The Republic Of The Children is a giant city proportionally sized down for kids, which is located in Argentina. It has everything you would expect to find in a city including an airport, restaurants, hotels, a church and even a courthouse!

http://www.welcomeargentina.com/laplata/childrens-republic.html

If you know that taking a friend to one of these parks would be the perfect day out for them, or if this has put you in the mood to visit a local theme park don’t forget that you can use Shareagift to raise the money you need to make the day out as good as it can be! However, if theme parks aren’t your thing then why not have a look at our alternative days out this summer or the top 5 most terrifying places to visit in the world!

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